The Hunger Coalition Receives $5,000 Grant from Idaho Community Foundation

The Hunger Coalition - photo by Dev Khalsa

The Hunger Coalition – photo by Dev Khalsa

The Hunger Coalition has received $5,000 from the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation to support the Daily Bites program which supplies a healthy snack and supplemental food pantry in each participating school in the district.

 

“This is such an incredible gift from the Gladys E. Langroise Fund,” said Jeanne Liston,  Executive Director of The Hunger Coalition. “This support for Daily Bites helps ensure local children can receive a healthy snack to alleviate a growling belly, helping kids concentrate and thrive at school,” added Liston. Continue reading

Food Rescue Project Underway!

The Hunger thc_food resuceCoalition needs help picking excess fruit in August. 

The Hunger Coalition needs volunteers to gather the excess fruit from trees and orchards from Ketchum to Bellevue this August.

With one third of all food worldwide wasted, The Hunger Coalition is ready to do their part.  “There are great strides being taken to reduce food waste in the valley, and our Food Rescue program is a huge part of it,” said Naomi Spence, Associate Director at The Hunger Coalition.

“Many generous locals are offering their excess fruit to us, because they can’t keep up with the volume,” said Rachel Shinn, Volunteer Manager at The Hunger Coalition. “We need help gathering it, for our three weekly food distributions to locals in need, before it goes to waste,” added Rachel. Please contact Rachel Shinn at the Hunger Coalition at 208-788-0121 for more information.

The Hunger Coalition strives to end hunger in our community by providing wholesome food to those in need and by promoting solutions to the underlying causes of hunger through collaboration, education and advocacy. For more information, visit www.thehungercoalition.org or call 788-0121. 

Paulette Phlipot SV Restaurant Association Silent Auction!

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Local photographer, Paulette Phlipot (center) poses with Marshall and Arlene Bennett at Lipton Fine Arts Gallery Walk, July 10, 2015.

Local photographer, Paulette Phlipot launched a special show this month at Lipton Fine Arts Gallery with all proceeds benefiting The Hunger Coalition!

The back room of Lipton Fine Arts is set up for a silent auction with Paulette’s photos of the people and food of the Sun Valley Restaurant Association. The silent auction runs through July 31.

With about 15 restaurants participating, the highest bidder will receive all three signed photos of the restaurants and donated gift certificates from the restaurants.

The event was kicked off on Friday, July 10 Gallery Walk. HUGE thank you to Lipton Fine Arts, each and every restaurant participating and especially to the talented, generous and beautiful on the inside and out – Paulette Phlipot!

The front room of Lipton Fine Arts is showing food photographs from “Ripe, A Fresh Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables” a cookbook Phlipot co-created and photographed, and a large collection of photographs of food grown and produced in Idaho.

Lipton Fine Arts Gallery is located next to the Coffee Grinder at 411 N. Leadville Ave. Ste. 3 in Ketchum.

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Extended Hours at The Hunger Coalition

photo by Dev Khalsa

photo by Dev Khalsa

Spring slack can be a slow time of year for many valley businesses—but it’s one of the busiest for The Hunger Coalition. Many families struggle to pay bills and put food on the table at this time of year.

The Hunger Coalition has seen an uptick in numbers recently, with more and more families arriving in the last hour of business during Monday’s busy food distribution in Bellevue. After conducting client surveys, analyzing check-in times and receiving comments from food recipients about how it can be difficult to access our services after work, The Hunger Coalition decided to extend its Monday mobile food bank distribution during the Hunger Season (when need is high and donations plummet). Continue reading

November 2013

eNewsletter Highlights

DSC_1139The holiday season is fast approaching, and we’re committed to ensuring that everyone in the community enjoys healthy and festive holiday gatherings.   In this month’s newsletter, we share information about our Thanksgiving Baskets and highlight several food drives held on our behalf by local organizations and businesses.  This month’s Top Ten list focuses on our empowerment and community change strategies and our Partner’s Corner spotlights our important collaboration with The Advocates.

Click here to read the newsletter.

Help for those impacted by the Beaver Creek Fires

Originally published in The Weekly Sun 9/4/2013

After weeks of smoke-filled skies, it was almost possible to forget how delightful a blue bird day can be! As the smoke clears and firefighters trickle off to the next blaze, more than just the clear blue sky is returning to our valley—reality is coming back as well. For many of our local families and individuals, the harsh realities of the Beaver Creek Fire may impact them for months to come.

After the Castle Rock Fire in 2007, here at The Hunger Coalition we learned the true impact of such a crisis will be seen long after the smoldering embers have gone cold. The economic loss to our resort community is going to hit hardest those who were already hanging by a thread. For families dependent upon the income from a usually busy August, the impending slack season may cause a new crisis.

Food is one of the most fundamental of human necessities; yet people suffering from economic instability sacrifice balanced meals in order to get the bills paid. When money is tight, those critical nutrients found in fresh fruits and veggies are given up. Parents find themselves skipping a meal so their children have more on their plates. Nutrition and health get bumped to keep a roof over their heads.

At The Hunger Coalition, we don’t think that’s okay. We see a healthy, thriving community arising only when every single member of our community is also healthy and thriving. Statistics released last spring indicate there are over 3,000 “food insecure” children and adults living in Blaine County. By food insecure, we mean they don’t know from where there next meal will come. It is our expectation that more people will find themselves tackling food insecurity as the economic impact of the fire is fully felt in the months to come.

Studies conducted by the US Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion found a disturbing anomaly: people who are the most food insecure are at greater risk for obesity. Food insecure families tend to consume lower cost, prepared foods which are lower in nutritional value instead of more wholesome and expensive options like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The long-term effects of hunger and malnutrition in children include behavioral problems, a decreased ability to learn and perform well in school and an increased frequency of disciplinary issues.

If you find yourself battling hunger and food insecurity in the coming weeks and months, The Hunger Coalition wants you to know there is help. Proper nutrition is key to stress management, mental health and, especially for children, behavioral and developmental well-being. Make sure that you and your family have the foods you need to manage the situation you are in. There are resources in this community to make sure you not only survive this difficult time, but thrive. Our goal is to provide healthy food and a connection to resources in the most respectful manner possible, because maintaining dignity and a sense of self in times of crisis is critical to an individual’s success, and therefore, the community’s. Let us help connect you to the resources you need. Call 788-0121 today for more information.